Use OpenDNS to improve web browsing speeds

As a heavy internet user I am always looking at ways to improve response times of websites… Thanks to Chris Prillo via Twitter I have now discovered the magic that is OpenDNS. I have tried free DNS servers in the past, but never been happy with the results. However this one seems to be working well for me.

OpenDNS has servers situated strategically at the most well-connected intersections of the Internet. Unlike your ISP, our network uses Anycast routing technology, which means no matter where you are in the world your DNS requests are answered by our closest datacenter. Anycast routing also means that you are automatically routed to our next closest datacenter in the event of maintenance or downtime. This makes your Internet faster and more reliable.

If you want to try OpenDNS for yourself, you can find detailed instructions over at their website: https://www.opendns.com/start

Give it a go, and let me know what you think.

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Generate a favicon for your site.

As you may have noticed, my site along with most on the internet have a small icon next to the URL in the address bar. This is known as a favicon, which is simply an icon file that sits in the root of your webservers public_html directory.

If you would like an icon like this for your site, but don’t have any relevant icon files you can use the resources over at http://www.favicon.co.uk/ to generate a favicon file from any picture on your PC. 

Once done following the instructions on their site on how to add it to your own site.

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FIX: Blank search window & System Restore in Win XP

Recently I was faced with a windows XP service pack 2 PC running internet explorer 7, with microsoft office 2000 on. All service packs were up to date.

Microsoft Outlook was unable to display HTML e-mails, and both system restore and windows search open blank, apart from the toolbar on the left hand side which includes the ‘dog’ desktop helper.

I had tried removing internet explorer version 7, all the way back to internet exlporer 5. This made no difference. I then tried reinstalling XP Service Pack 3, but to no avail.

We had 2 seperate devices with the same issue on the network, one a laptop the other was a desktop.

After many hours of head scratching and googling.. I managed to find a solution!!

You can download IEFix from here

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Add Custom Menus and Menu Items to Outlook

Outlook 2007 brought with it the all new ‘Ribbon Bar’ which has caused headaches to programmers the world over.

Now, using this code you can create a menu in Outlook. The menu, which contains one item, appears at the top of the application. When you click the menu item, the code displays a message that shows the menu item caption.

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